Mission accomplished

Back to Paris. Still, Greenland is in the air – even in the Air France magazine (December 2009 issue). I thank you for following this blog and hope you will have the chance to experience Greenland.

Damien

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By Damien Degeorges • January 1, 2010

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The Arctic Council: a user’s manual

Ambassador Lars Møller, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, chairs the Senior Arctic Officials’ meetings as the Kingdom of Denmark is heading the Arctic Council until April 2011.

Read more about the Danish Chairmanship programme and follow the work of the Arctic Council.

A very interesting topic to follow – especially as a PhD-candidate writing a thesis on the role of Greenland in the Arctic.

By Damien Degeorges • December 31, 2009

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Keep following Greenland

I hope you enjoyed following this blog and got more and more interested in Greenland. If you want to continue getting updated with Greenlandic news, several possibilities are available in English. The two main newspapers in Greenland, Atuagagdliutit/Grønlandsposten (AG) and Sermitsiaq, are combining their websites into one by January 1st, 2010. I can also recommend you an interesting publication, Greenland Today.

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Atuagagdliutit/Grønlandsposten and Sermitsiaq.

By Damien Degeorges • December 30, 2009

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Building Greenland’s future

This picture says a lot. One of the things that you may see in Nuuk is a lot of cranes. And it’s true – Greenland is building its future.

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In the background – on the right – you can see a sculpture that was made to celebrate the Self Rule Act – a new era in Greenland’s history.

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Looking to the fjord. Does it remind you something?

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When Danes feel at home – in Greenland

It could have been a “Meeting Greenlanders” interview. Acting chief of the Greenland police Bjørn Tegner Bay grew up in Greenland and feels at home now in Nuuk. 

By Damien Degeorges • December 29, 2009

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The Arctic Copenhagen

Copenhagen has this month been “the” place to hear about the Arctic. Several COP15 side events focussed on the Arctic, like “Greenland ice sheet – Melting snow and ice: Calls for action“. The Greenland ice sheet was a particularly hot topic: the EU Pavillon at Bella Center hosted a side event on the “Impact of Ice sheet melting on rising sea levels: Past, Present and Future”, where leading climate scientists presented the evolution of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets according to the most recent satelllite data.

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Side event at the EU Pavillon during COP15.

Among the panel, a French climate scientist, Pr. Valérie Masson-Delmotte, who has been twice to Greenland with international icecore projects and has been involved in the writing of the 4th IPCC Assessment Report, was invited to give an address at the Polar Researchers’ Day  in Copenhagen. Also Pr. Dorthe Dahl-Jensen from the University of Copenhagen and the Niels Bohr Institute, a center for ice and climate, have been very active during COP15.

The European Environment Agency, based in Copenhagen, organised a film projection of “One degree matters” where Greenland was – once again – highlighted. Executive Director Pr. Jacqueline McGlade, has done a lot to put a focus on Greenland and the Arctic during the past few years.

Some of you walking in Copenhagen may even have seen a polar bear

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The North Atlantic House in Copenhagen.

The North Atlantic House hosted the Arctic Venue and a side event of the Greenland Government called “In the eye of climate change“. Still, if you want to learn more about the Arctic, the North Atlantic House is presenting an exhibition about the climate changes in the Arctic - “The ice burns” - until February 21st, 2010.

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Meeting Greenlanders – Allan Pertti Frandsen

If you get a letter from Santa Claus, then it might have gone through Post Greenland. Meet Allan Pertti Frandsen, Philatelic manager at Post Greenland.

By Damien Degeorges • December 24, 2009

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Santa is from Greenland

Don’t get wrong: Santa is from Greenland! Here is his mailbox in Nuuk.

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By Damien Degeorges • December 22, 2009

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Greenland-Denmark climate agreement

Greenland and Denmark have after months of negociation reached an agreement on climate change. Read more on Sermitsiaq.gl

By Damien Degeorges • December 19, 2009

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Greenland hitting at COP15

When former US Vice-President Al Gore joins a COP15 side event on Greenland ice sheet – then you just can’t access the overcrowded room. But for Greenland and its Premier Kuupik Kleist, it was clearly the day to tell the world about the island’s climate dilemma. The Danish Foreign Minister and Chair of the Arctic Council Per Stig Møller, the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Støre and Professor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen from the University of Copenhagen took part in the “Greenland ice sheet – Melting snow and ice: Calls for action” meeting.

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By Damien Degeorges • December 15, 2009

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Damien on the Arctic Denmark

Damien Degeorges

Damien Degeorges from France writes about the Arctic Denmark, Greenland's development facing climate change.